Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2013 Archives by date, by thread · List index

Hi Everyone,

About a year to a year and a half ago the question was asked on this list about when a date is filled in automatically, how it can be saved as the date that the file is saved, and the file will open automatically with the saved date instead of the current date the next time it is opened. The answer was fairly simple. I have minimal need for this and didn't write it down. Maybe the regulars to this list will remember the answer.


On 11/23/2013 08:14 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I think what the Original Poster was seeking was a "semi-fixed" date.

A fixed date would simply be the same as if one typed in the date by hand. It would never change. A "dynamic" date field would change every time the date changed. What I think the OP wants is for the field to reflect the date on which the file was last edited and saved. So, oversimplifying the question, there would be three possible dates -- the original date the file was created, the last time the file was edited and saved, and the current date (whenever that may be). It appears from a quick glance at LO's field dialogs that one can get the first and third options, but not the second. But, I'm not an expert on date fields.

While I agree this might be helpful, I would not characterize it as a "bug." Perhaps a feature request (if in fact LO can't do what the OP wants)


-----Original Message----- From: Cliff Scott
Sent: Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: Bug report -- Libre Ofice version

** Reply to message from william drescher <> on Sat,
23 Nov 2013 08:01:57 -0500

On 11/23/2013 12:50 AM, Robert Baker wrote:
> 1) There is no way (that I have found) to insert the date and time as > text; > the only option is to insert them as a field, meaning that the next time
> the document is opened, the date and time shown would be when it was
> re-opened, rather than when it was last edited which is what I want. I > had > to take the file back into MS Word just to add the date and time, but I
> want to be rid of Word.

The simple way of adding a date: Insert->fields->date will add a
date that does not change.  You have to go through a few more
steps to get a date that is current when the file is opened.
So, no problem with this one.

I will leave the other questions to those that are more expert.


Just to clarify this a little more, in Writer the default seems to be to
insert a fixed date and or time. If you RMB on the field and select field
from the popup menu that will give you all the options for format and whether
it is a fixed value or updates each time it is opened.

Calc is a different story. It seems as if there is no way, at least according to the Help file, to use a fixed date field in a footer or header. I have to
manually insert the date as text if I don't want it to change. Of course
fixed dates and times can also be manually inserted in cells.



Don C. Myers
Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
e-PRO Certified by the National Association of Realtors
Don's Cell Phone: 814-571-9518, Don's Home Phone: 814-422-8111
Don's E-mail: <>
*RE/MAX Centre Realty
**1375 Martin Street, State College, PA 16803*
Office Phone: 814-231-8200 Fax: 814-231-8220
Visit the Farm and Rural Property Division web site at <> _ Visit the RE/MAX Centre Realty main web site at <> _
View Don's Farm Web Site at <>

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.